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老歌亂談(962)Town That Broke My Heart

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美國鄉村歌手兼詞曲作家Bobby Bare在開始要走流行音樂這條路時,是想賣一些他所寫的歌,但都乏人問津。後來終於獲得Capitol唱片公司的一紙合約,錄了幾首搖滾單曲,但也都不成功。入伍當兵前,寫了一首《The All American Boy》並附上示範錄音帶給他的朋友Bill Parsons,但Parsons的唱片公司竟然捨棄了Parsons所錄製的版本,改以Bare的原示範版本發行,而仍由Parsons掛名。問題來了,此首《The All American Boy》於1958打進了告示牌熱門100排行榜,並高掛第2名,Bare當時等於是被「黑」掉了。

但人生的命運是早就註定的了,該發的絕跑不掉。1963,Bobby Bare以兩首改編的翻唱曲《Detroit City》及《500 Miles Away From Home》,成為暢銷的國際級歌手,且前者在次年還替他贏得了一座葛萊美獎。Bobby Bare另首和鄉村女歌手Skeeter Davis合唱的《A Dear John Letter》也是台灣老歌友非常熟悉的歌 ( 哈哈,此曲台長尚未貼。)。

此首《Town That Broke My Heart》開始的旋律和曲中口白的部份,很難不令聯想到有《Detroit City》的影子 ( 其實前述的3首歌都有口白部份 ),或許是食髓知味嚐到了得獎的甜頭,想再如法炮製一番。Bobby Bare之前的這兩首歌曲,流露出的都是失意的滄桑,此曲不同於述說遊子的心情,而是失戀的傷感,為免觸景傷情,要向此傷心地說再見了。此曲於1968僅以單曲發行,獲得鄉村榜第16名。

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(183)Detroit City

Mister I want a room at the top of your hotel
I want to say goodbye to the town I know so well
I want to ride that elevator to the top
I want to say goodbye to the town that broke my heart

I came here to make it big I made my girl a vow
I really made it big alright I'm a big ole loser now
My kite just never caught the wind my fire was just a spark
She left me here in the town that broke my heart

So I went to take just one more look
At the town that broke my heart
Now that she's gone I'll be leaving too
And I don't know where to start

Yeah these old streets I brought my dreams
And watch them fall apart
I lost it all in the town that broke my heart

Mister I want a room at the top of your hotel
I want to say goodbye to the town I know so well
I want to ride that elevator to the top
I want to say goodbye to the town that broke my heart

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